Overclocking enthusiasts have already been hard at work with the new AMD Trinity desktop APU chips. PCGamesHardware.de reports that considerable overclocks of the newly available range of processors have already been achieved. With air cooling the AMD A10-5800K managed to reach 5.1GHz and with the superior cooling provided by liquid nitrogen speeds of over 7.3GHz were breached.
PCGamesHardware.de explains that to achieve the 7.3177 GHz clock speed two of the A10-5800K’s cores were disabled. A standard AMD A10-5800K APU has four cores and runs at a clock speed of 3.8GHz able to Turbo clock to 4.2GHz as the system demands.
AMD’s Trinity APUs are manufactured using a 32nm process and use Piledriver cores. HEXUS has had an AMD A10-5800 in the lab for a while and we have undertaken the following in-depth reviews;
- Review: AMD A10-5800K Trinity APU
- Review: AMD A10-5800K Trinity: why it needs faster RAM
- Review: AMD A10-5800K Dual Graphics evaluation
Tarinder notes that out own AMD A10-5800K sample was a little disappointing as it only reached 4.5GHz with air cooling before instability started to show its ugly yet all too familiar face. While our own overclocking required a voltage bump to 1.45V to attain 4.5GHz, the guys over at PCGamesHardware.de noted that voltages of 1.616V (air) and 1.956V (liquid nitrogen) were used to achieve their headlining overclocks.
Of course achieving these overclocking frequencies is largely academic, yet is some indication of the headroom you have for a few home tweaks; not many end users are going to go to such lengths as deactivating half the CPU to achieve a higher clock! If you do want to overclock your Trinity APU remember to disable Turbo Mode in the BIOS otherwise your results will be throttled, say AMD.